College Writing I Outcomes | Department of English

College Writing I Outcomes

College Writing I courses will develop the following skills and abilities in students:

Primary Outcomes

1. Analysis and production of discourse according to the rhetorical model

  • Understand and accommodate the needs of different audiences
  • Analyze and address different rhetorical situations
  • Identify a purpose for writing

2. A repertoire of styles and strategies for writing

  • Exercise a range of styles (considering Voice, Humor, Tone, and Formality, and Point of View)
  • Learn to use common writing strategies as "building blocks" for writing:

- Reader cues (signposts)
- Narration
- Description
- Definition
- Classification
- Comparing/contrasting
- Organization

3. Core Literacy Skills

Proficiency with:

  • Surface features (syntax, mechanics, grammar)
  • Paragraph and sentence strategies
  • Organization and cohesive devices

4. Proficiency using established writing strategies and genres and adapting conventions of genre to academic and professional writing situations

  • Familiarity and experience with the following genres:

- Observation
- Personal narrative
- Exploratory writing
- Informative writing
- Analytical writing
- Response essays
- Field research analysis
- Analysis of images
- Synthesis

  • Ability to make use of conventions of genre in new writing situations

5. Metacognitive (reflective) recognition of writing moves and strategies

  • Reflecting on completed writing and readings
  • Thinking critically about writing skills employed
  • Considering larger civic and social dimensions of writing

Auxiliary outcomes

6. Encourage effective communication with visual and other non-textual (or multi-textual) modes of communication

7. Provide students with frequent opportunities to interact collaboratively with others

8. Extend students' familiarity with proven processes of writing

  • Invention\prewriting
  • Writing
  • Revision
  • Editing
  • Reflection

9. Challenge students to think critically about relationships among language, knowledge, and power


  • Students will produce 5,000 words of "final draft" writing (about 20 double-spaced pages of text) over the course of the semester
  • Students will complete quizzes, discussion questions, in-class writing prompts, and other assignments and activities in order to exercise and extend their abilities to write effectively and thoughtfully
  • Students will spend time planning their writing and will write outlines, drafts, and multiple versions of their texts, developing strong editing and revision habits
  • Students will participate each week in a variety of modes of instruction including lectures, collaborative activities, class discussions, individual writing, and small group editing sessions
  • Students will incorporate other perspectives into the texts they are writing by reflecting on their own personal experiences, by interviewing and observing other people and places, and by exploring outside sources (which may include a variety of media and modes)
  • Students will read a number of outside essays and texts, focusing critical attention on the unique writing strategies that writers use in order to communicate effectively with audiences

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